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Published May 2nd 2012
The downfall of being a university student often lies with the same stock standard problem, "Need good coffee, can't get good coffee" (close by, that is). On campus coffee is horrendous, so I do really appreciate my days off, where I can totter around Perth and scout for good cafes. And I especially enjoy a few of the cafes that have been cropping up around Perth City in the last few years, that have not only given me a great caffeine fix, but also triples as either a great place to kill time in, or acts as amazing interior design eye candy.
So, here we go again, Foodie's Five, Version: Perth City Coffee, one, two, three, Lego...
Zekka has a very special place in my heart, as I've been frequenting it often for the last three years. I can't go past their house baked muffins (chocolate and strawberry, could you say no to that?) or their daily made, ever-changing salads, but, what brings me back so often is the coffee. My usual choices are either a Long Mac (topped up), or if the weather is a little warmer, I'll opt for a Cold Drip or an Affogatto.
Zekka' s Cold Drip of the Day, El Salvadore served with Cold Milk on the side.
The reason why Zekka gets my Number 1 pick is because not only is the coffee consistently great, but it has beautiful decor that is the perfect balance between chic and homely. I could spend all afternoon here enjoying the great coffee and food, alone, or with friends, reading, or writing or just watching the hustle and bustle around me.
Monday to Saturday 10:00 - Midnight Sundays & Public Holidays 10:00 - 10:00
Appropriately named, 399 doubles as a cosy cafe throughout the day, and comes alive as a swanky bar by night. The cocktails, made with precision and expertise are a treat on any night, but let's get back to what keeps you up during the day. 399 is another old favourite of mine and once formed a part of my weekly routine as I found the private booths to be quite an enjoyable hole-in-the-wall for some afternoon study. Needless to say, their coffee has always acted as a great companion and I spent many happy Summer days here enjoying an Iced Coffee, or three.
A little out the way, but if you're up Northbridge's way or frequent Central Tafe, or even just love the amazing Pho next door, be sure to make your way in some time and enjoy what the cute baristas in old school bowling shirts have to offer.
3. Greenhouse (on 100 St. Georges TCE)
Monday & Tuesday 7:00 till late
Wednesday till Saturday 7:00 till midnight
Greenhouse is truly one of my most adored cafe/restaurants in the whole of Western Australia. It is unique in its own rights and has become an iconic fixture along St. George's TCE since its arrival in Perth three years ago. I even try to schedule any work meetings that crop up around their breakfast hours so that I can pop in for a good feed and an amazing pick-me-up to go with it. You go to Greenhouse for the full experience; it's the quality produce, the excellent service, the unique ambience and, well, the coffee.
Also, special mention to their rooftop bar (which is a fantastic concept that also seems to be cropping up around Perth a lot lately) which is a perfect place for after work drinks and pizza with a few or just one another.
4. The Tuck Shop (At Unit 1/180 Newcastle Street)
Tue till Sun: 07:00 - 16:00
I actually discovered the Tuck Shop by a complete accident, one morning when I was in desperate need of some pre-French Class caffeine, and was immediately struck with nostalgia as the cafe's name brought me back to my Primary School days, and eagerly exchanged my silver coins for sausage rolls and ice creams. My inner piglet was satisfied as not only do they have an outstanding breakfast menu, but their Long Macchiato expertise is what really caught my attention.
I always have my Long Macs with a dash of honey, what about you? In my opinion, honey > sugar and you can't go past the little craters that appear in milk foam, I find it adorable and could liken it to the moon, which makes me very happy.
I discovered Tiger Tiger and Zekka almost simultaneously, and I thought it was most endearing how the place was decked out in tigers of all types; ranging from cartoons, to figurines, to art, and how table numbers were printed across paint palette samples. Perfect for a quiet afternoon, I myself use to spend many afternoons off here tucked away to one corner with a book or with a pen in hand or it happens to be my pit stop of choice, for a take-away before I venture down King Street.
If you're ever headed up to the West Side of Perth, to Kings Street and beyond, be sure to stop off at Tiger Tiger for a takeaway. I highly recommend their Ice Mochas, that have saved me from overheating on many occasions.
So, those are my top 5 well-visited favourites. There are many more cafes along William Street and Muarry Street that I'm yet to get my paws in on but rest assured that this is the first of many Foodie's Fives for Perth Coffee, as it is one thing, that you can never have too much of.